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Performance with Young Audiences of WNY: Ancient Voices

Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:30 pm

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Come enjoy teaching artists Ringo Brill and Steve Baczkowski bring the sounds of ancient music to life, connecting young audiences to global musical traditions.

Ancient Voices is a world music, percussion, and wind duo formed by drummer Ringo Brill and saxophonist Steve Baczkowski. Their unique program utilizes and demonstrates a multitude of ancient indigenous musical instruments from around the world. Children learn about sound and music with an emphasis on attentive listening, improvisation, collaboration and creative self-expression through engaging live performances.

Ringo Brill, a professional percussion player, has traveled extensively to study global percussion traditions, including the rumba and folkloric music of Cuba, the samba of Brazil, and the ancient djembe traditions of Guinea, West Africa. In addition to performing regularly with numerous professional ensembles, Brill also leads workshops and gives performances for elementary through college audiences.

Steve Baczkowski is a musician, improviser, music presenter, and educator. He plays a wide array of wind instruments, from the saxophone to the didgeridoo. Baczkowski has served as the music director for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo for nearly fifteen years. He performs regionally with many local ensembles and has performed internationally at festivals in Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

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